Governors of Pennsylvania and Louisiana sign orders protecting LGBT workers

The governors of Pennsylvania and Louisiana have signed executive orders expanding and creating  LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination protections in state government employment and for state contractors.  

Last week Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania signed two orders.  The first asks the administration to conduct an evaluation of the state’s hiring and retention practices as they relate to LGBT job applicants and employees.  In 1975 Pennsylvania became the first state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in state employment.  The second order bans the government from contracting with, or awarding grants to, organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

John Bel Edwards, the Governor of Louisiana, meanwhile yesterday signed an order banning state agencies from discriminating against LGBT people in the provision of services.  The order also extends LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination protections to state employees and government contractors.  Edwards’ order followed through on a campaign pledge to re-establish LGBT protections that had been rescinded by former Governor Bobby Jindal.

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